Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got candid about their lives while in the palace in their Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan. According to the royal couple, Queen Elizabeth extended an invite which she later cancelled due to her busy schedule.
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Opened Up About The Queen's Canceled Invitation
In one episode of Harry & Meghan, Prince Harry recounted the time his grandmother invited them over for tea. At the time, the couple was in Vancouver and were planning to discuss their plan to move to Canada in January 2020.
"Before we left [for Canada], I spoke to my grandmother as well and told her we are coming back on the 6th, and I would love to come and drive up and come to see you," Prince Harry said, Express reported. "She [the Queen] knew that we were findings things hard. I'd spoken to her many times about it."
"She told me she had no plans for the week. She said, 'Well, why don't you come up? You can have tea, but why don't you stay the night, you and Meghan?'"
Markle corroborated her husband's story. She recounted the time they were going back home and were supposed to meet the Queen.
"So we're flying back from Vancouver straight to Heathrow," she said.
"And right as we are getting on the plane and this urgent, urgent message comes through to H saying, 'You are not allowed to go and see Her Majesty. Make sure that your principal is aware – he cannot go and see her."
"She is busy. She has plans all week," Markle added.
Prince Harry added, "And I was like, 'that's certainly the opposite to what she had told me.' Once we were back in the UK, I rang her, and said, 'I am now told that you are busy'."
"She goes, 'Yes, I didn't know that I was busy. I have been told I am busy. I have been told I am busy all week'. And I was like 'wow.'"
Markle exclaimed, "I mean my gosh, this is when a family and a family business are in direct conflict."
What Else Did Prince Harry Say About The Queen In Harry & Meghan?
In the Netflix documentary, Prince Harry said that the Queen was aware of their struggles in the palace. According to the Duke of Sussex, he had spoken to her grandmother about their issues several times.
On Jan. 13, 2020, he met his father, King Charles, brother Prince William and grandmother Queen Elizabeth to "talk things through." However, according to Prince Harry, it was a "terrifying" experience as the Prince of Wales "scream and shout" at him, and his dad was saying "things that simply weren't true" while his grandmother "quietly [sat] there and sort of [took] it all in."
He clarified that he didn't harbor ill feelings toward his grandma. He insisted that he understood her, why she didn't defend him.
"You have to understand that, from the family's perspective, especially from [the Queen's], there are ways of doing things — and her ultimate sort of mission goal or responsibility is the institution," he explained, according to Entertainment Tonight. "People around her are telling her, 'By the way, that proposal or these two doing 'XYZ' is going to be seen as an attack on the institution,' then she's going to go on the advice she's given."
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